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How to Tell When a Tsunami is Coming

Hello everyone! Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here, and today I’d like to talk about something that is very important if you are anywhere near the ocean—tsunamis! We’ve all seen the devastation left in the wake of tsunamis in other parts of the world on the news, and it is a true testament to the power of nature. Although a tsunami may only rise to a crest that is a few feet high, this is deceiving because the bulk of the tsunami is still lurking beneath the surface. This can make it difficult to know when one is upon you until it is too late. Learn the warning signs and be prepared!


Four Warning Signs

  • The earth is shaking – Tsunamis can be caused by earthquakes, so if you are near the shore and you feel an earthquake, it’s time to head to higher ground.
  • Sea level fluctuations- Before a tsunami hits you may observe a rapid rise or fall in the sea level. If the water quickly recedes or rises, again, it’s time to head to higher grounds.
  • An unusually large wave – If you see a wave that seems too big to be normal, it’s time to run, because when a tsunami hits the first wave will not be the largest!
  • A loud roar from the ocean – You can also detect a tsunami based on a roaring sound from offshore. If you hear something that sounds like a jet or a train coming from the ocean—run!


While there are modern warning systems that have been developed, unfortunately there are none at this time that are fast enough. If you experience any of the above signs, stay away from river valleys that may run from the ocean, and get as far away, and as high up, as you possibly can. A tsunami can last for hours, so it is crucial to avoid the beach until you have gotten an official all-clear.


Have you ever escaped a natural disaster? Tell me, Rob Raskin, your personal survival story in the comments!

Your Air Travel Survival Kit

Hello all, Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again, and today I’d like to talk about preparing for survival while traveling by air. Most people don’t think of survivalism when they are flying the friendly skies, but the truth is there have been plenty of cases in which planes crashed, leaving the survivors to try to brave the elements and to find food, water, and shelter, often while they are injured. Between hijackers and the potential for a TEOTWAWKI situation taking place while we are in the air, there are plenty of reasons you should make sure you have a carry-on survival kit with you, but how do you get it past TSA? There are a number of essentials that are approved for carry-on luggage, but the rules change often. While the following list is approved right now, be sure to check the latest rules and regulations before you head to the airport.


Airline-Safe Survival Gear

  • First aid kit – There are many flight-friendly items you can bring in your first aid kit, like bandages, OTC medications, and antibiotic ointments.
  • Disposable lighters – You can only take a small disposable lighter on the plane, but that’s all you’ll need to start a fire for warmth, cooking, or to use as a signal.
  • Water bottle – You can bring an empty water bottle through security and fill it up before boarding the plane.
  • Water purification tablets – There’s no reason to risk drinking contaminated water when you have these in your survival kit.
  • Compass – In a crash situation you most likely will not know where you are, but having a compass is a good start.
  • Mylar blanket – You’ll be glad you brought this if you end up needing warmth or shelter.
  • Extra socks – Don’t risk a long trek back to civilization without making sure you have a pair of clean, dry socks.


What do you bring in your in-flight survival kit? Let me, Rob Raskin, know in the comments.

How to Survive an Earthquake

If a big quake like the one that just hit Mexico were to hit where you live, would you know what to do? This is Robert Raskin of Las Vegas, and today I’d like to talk to you about how you can survive an earthquake. If you live in California you may already be prepared, but the truth is earthquakes can strike in unexpected places.


Here are just a few tips you can use to stay safe:

Stay Calm

I know, easier said than done when you are in an earthquake, but remaining calm is essential if you want to be able to assess your position. This could be the key to your survival.


Don’t Take the Stairs

The staircase is the last place you want to be in an earthquake, and you really don’t want to be under them if the building collapses. If you can avoid the area around the staircase, it is best to do so at all costs.


Avoid Windows

Your windows are another place you want to stay away from—after all, the dangers of flying, broken glass cannot be understated!


Take Cover Under Something Sturdy

We all learned this in drills in elementary school, but the advice still rings true today. If there is a sturdy desk or table nearby, you can take shelter underneath it, but it’s important to avoid the area under the bed or tables and desks that are not sturdy enough to bear much weight.


Keep a Portable Radio

A portable radio can let you know where evacuation centers, necessary supplies, and other emergency services are, and it can also allow you to receive important messages from local authorities.


This is just a starter list, of course, and there are many other ways you can protect yourself. Do a little research and figure out a plan that would work for your property now, because you can’t google earthquake safety when you’re in the middle of one! This is Robert Raskin, signing-off now, and I hope you’ll come back soon to see what I’m posting about next.

Best Guns for Survivalism

Hello all! Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again, and today I’d like to talk about the best guns for survival. Not all survival situations are the same, so there is no one-size-fits all solution when you are trying to choose the best firearms. Different guns are better for different situations, because let’s face it—sometimes you need to hit a target that is closer, sometimes it will be much farther away, and sometimes it might be a much bigger target than you were planning on, like when a grizzly shows up at your homestead!


You might need a gun for…

  • Small game (whether to eat, to protect yourself against small but venomous creatures, or to keep pests away from your garden)
  • Big game (to eat and to defend yourself against attack)
  • Intruders and other human threats


Some of My Favorites

  • .44 Magnum
  • .22 LR
  • 9mm Luger
  • .45 ACP
  • 12ga Mossberg 500
  • Mosin M91-30
  • Romanian SKS
  • Remington 700
  • AR-15
  • Mossberg 500


This is by no means a complete list. You’ll need to do research and maybe try a few at the firing range or in the wild to see which ones you prefer and which work best for your situation, but this is a good place to at least start considering the possibilities. What is your favorite gun for survival? Let me, Rob Raskin, know in the comments below.

Survival Must-Haves You Haven’t Considered

Hello! Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again, and in today’s post I’d like to discuss some basic items that should be in every prepper’s survival kit that you may have overlooked. Sometimes it’s the little things in life that count, and that is definitely the case when it comes to the following items. Most people have these common items in their homes, but they may not make it to your homestead. When you are stocking your off-grid home or your survival kit, make sure you have the following items.


A Sewing Kit

Having an upholstery needle and some thread handy can be a lifesaver in many situations, especially if you need to mend something you are using for shelter. Tents, sleeping bags, and other gear can rip, and it is crucial that you be able to mend it. If you don’t have any thread handy, your dental floss will do the trick.



Most of us have preferred pen to pencil since elementary school, but a pen is not necessarily your friend in a survival situation. If you need to write something important down, you may find that the pen is out of ink, and believe it or not ink can freeze. If you have a pencil, you will always have the option of sharpening it with a knife.


Aluminum Foil

Foil is an incredibly versatile thing to have on-hand, because it has myriad uses. We all know that you can line pans with aluminum foil for easier clean-up, but there is much more it is helpful for. You can heat stones wrapped in foil in a fire and use it to heat up your sleeping basket, and this is important to remember on cold winter nights. And speaking of lining pans…sure, they make cleaning easier, but this will also help you to save water.


A Broom and a Mop

Having these items on-hand can make cleanup much easier, especially if there has been a storm, flood, or fire, and it has been proven that keeping your shelter clean can help relieve stress. Even if your shelter has dirt floors, you’ll appreciate being able to clean them in the event that the unexpected should happen.


Do you have anything else you’d like to add to this list? Let me, Rob Raskin, know in the comments!

Worst Survival Tips

Hello! Robert Raskin of Las Vegas here again, and today I’d like to share some of the worst survival tips I’ve seen online with you. There are many excellent sources for survival and homesteading advice on the internet, but unfortunately, there are also some very bad tips out there that could end up getting you killed. How do you separate the good from the bad? A combination of research and common sense, along with making sure you have a solid plan in place before you go into the wilderness, can go a long way.  If you plan to go out in the wild and you don’t want to make it back, follow this advice:


Throw Your Food to the Bears

We have all seen a certain famous so-called survivalist who is really a television personality use this tactic. It’s easy to survive a bear attack when the cameras are rolling, but in real life, throwing your food supply at a bear may be an appetizer—and you may be the main course! After all, you have just taught the bear that you are an excellent source of food.


Drink Brandy to Warm Up

Another image we are familiar with is that of a trusty St. Bernard with a barrel of brandy fastened around his neck for emergency use. In theory, drinking alcohol will warm you up, but in reality alcohol only moves your blood to the surface of your skin. This actually makes you more susceptible to hypothermia. You would be better off drinking the brandy after you’ve reached safety.


Travel by River

It is a common belief that you can follow the river to find your way to help, but this is only true if you do not actually get in the water. In a true survival situation, the last thing you want to do is get wet if you aren’t in a position to get dry again. If the weather is too cold for you to dry off, getting in that water might kill you.


Suture Your Wounds

Another situation we’ve all seen in movies is the rugged survivalist who is so tough that he sutures his own wounds. In truth, only a trained medical or emergency professional with sterile equipment is qualified to do this. Grabbing a needle and trying to do the job yourself might not stop the bleeding, and it most likely will give you sepsis. If you don’t have a suture kit and know how to use it, leave the job to the pros.


Do you have any terrible survival tips to share? Let me, Robert Raskin, know in the comments!

Best Websites for End of the World Survival

Hello everyone! Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here, and today I’d like to tell you about a couple of websites that are incredible sources for information on topics related to survival, off-grid living, and disaster preparedness. At CATS2010, we are very proud of our efforts in these areas, but there are many other sites that are also valuable resources. You will find articles on any topic you can dream of on these sites, and I highly recommend you check them out because you never know when TEOTWAWKI might be upon us. is brought to you by James Wesley Rawles, a survivalist author who is a former US Army Intelligence officer. This virtual community has come together in the interest of preparedness, whether in the event of a natural or a man-made disaster. This is the most popular daily survival blog, so there are well over 28K articles here—enough to keep you reading for a long time! Just a few of the topics you’ll find here are self-sufficiency, logistics, tools, privacy, encryption, hunting, trapping, off-grid power, evaluating parcels for off-grid living, finding survival retreats, and small unit tactics. You can’t be too prepared, and this is an excellent choice if you want to make sure you have everything covered.

If you believe mainstream America needs a crash course in self-reliant lifestyles, then you’ll fit right in at APN is co-owned by Tom Martin, Hugh Vail and Phil Burn, and their mission is to bring knowledge and understanding of these topics to the mainstream, because they believe that disaster prep and off-grid living bring communities together. At this website you will learn what you should have on-hand in the event of a disaster, how you can help yourself and your community, and how disasters can be overcome on both personal and neighborhood levels.


This is Rob Raskin, and I hope you’ll check back soon to see what other topics I will be covering. I’d like to take a moment to send good thoughts to the survivors of Hurricane Harvey, who are learning the hard way that you never know when disaster may strike. Be prepared, and stay safe.